Sadly, I didn't get much time to play Ascent this weekend. However, that's not to say I wasn't thinking about it which is a hallmark of a good game. I really need to figure out my path forward, as I have several possible routes. Currently, I am flying a 160 ton Falcon and have 3 million credits to my name.
New Ship. I can just barely afford the Squid, which has a 320 ton cargo hold. I've been advised to skip this ship as the view from the cockpit makes mining difficult. The larger cargo hold would make a lot of things easier though.
Mining Beam. I currently use the basic class 1 mining beam. I've been told that upgrading this is well worth the money. For a 3 million credits I can get a class 3 beam. This should improve my mining by a good amount.
Hyperdrive. I could invest in a class 5 Hyperdrive and start exploring. This is a part of the game I am really looking forward to, but does not really help me make more money.
Construction. I still want build my own Mining Beam, but there is quite a bit to be done before I am able to do that. I need to build a Starbase Warehouse which involves 2,000 Iron. That is a lot of trips for my Falcon, so I am leaning towards a ship upgrade first.
Miners Guild. This isn't really a choice, as I am planning on doing it. The Miners Guild is a group of players working together. Besides the social aspect, they offer discounts on items like the Mining Beam, so I may be able to get a good deal. They have a website: http://miners-guild.com/